“Non-fiction is about reality. Fiction is about truth.”—S.J. Rozan, bestselling author of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Mysteries series
“I think the subject matter of the book’s specific mystery is important in today’s mainstream media, too, because sex trafficking of young girls is something that is overlooked at an unprecedented rate.”–ReadersView
What a pleasure to welcome esteemed author Randy Overbeck to tell us why words matter.
Our words matter. They can wound or heal, scold or soothe, redeem or condemn, enlighten or obscure.
So, when I turned my words loose on the world in my novel, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, I wanted to make sure I used my sentences and paragraphs for the right reasons. I realize most readers come to my novels in search of a little mystery or a great beach read or even a bit of romance. But I also want readers, when they finish the last page, to feel a little better informed and maybe even have their conscience tweaked a bit.
When I wrote CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, I strove to create a compelling ghost story/mystery set in a captivating town that readers would enjoy. The locale, surrounded by the unique Victorian mansions and bed-and-breakfasts beside a stunning stretch of white sand beach, makes a great setting for my little literary foray into romance and mystery. But the location—at the end of the Garden State Turnpike and a short distance from the Northeast shipping network—allowed me to use my fiction to also tell a truth about a serious social issue.
In fact, I chose the beauty and charm of this picturesque small town as a deliberate contrast to the ugly world of human trafficking, festering not very far from the city limits. In the story, Darrell, my hero, learns the cold-case murder mystery he’s trying to solve is tied to the larger crimes of prostitution and human trafficking. As he sifts through the clues to the death of the “Haunted Bride,” he comes face-to-face with this ugly world, allowing me to use my fictional story to expose this very real scourge on humanity.
For example, he is stunned to learn that a teen runaway gets sucked into human trafficking networks every ninety minutes in the U.S., an issue that becomes personal as he’s searching for the missing teen sister of one of his students.
As a teacher and coach, Darrell is repulsed to discover that an astounding one million children are caught in human trafficking around the world. One million! And he is even more astounded that he—like most of us—knew so little about this staggering exploitation of others, occurring all around us.
Don’t get the wrong idea. The novel is no white paper on sex trafficking. In fact, based on reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, readers love the romance, mystery, suspense and even the ghost story of the novel. But my hope is readers, when they close the book, will come away entertained and perhaps a little more enlightened about this critical social problem.
Why not check out CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY and see for yourself?
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Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon and B & N No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year–ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.
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Please enjoy the following Blurb and Reviews
BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE
Wilshire, Maryland seems like the perfect shore town on the Chesapeake Bay—quiet, scenic, charming—and promises Darrell Henshaw a new start in life and a second chance at love. That is, until he learns the town hides an ugly secret. A thirty-year-old murder in the high school. And a frightening ghost stalking his new office. Burned by an earlier encounter with the spirit world—with the OCD scars to prove it—he does NOT want to get involved. But when the desperate ghost hounds him, Darrell concedes. Assisted by his new love, he follows a trail that leads to the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Klu Klux Klan. Then, when two locals who try to help are murdered, Darrell is forced to decide if he’s willing to risk his life—and the life of the woman he loves—to expose the killers of a young man he never knew.
REVIEWS—BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE
“Overbeck is a master storyteller. The characters are very human and lovable…humor, romance and suspense all included.” ★★★★★ —Have You Heard My Book Review
“An absolutely chilling ghost story wrapped around an even scarier piece of history – or perhaps it’s the other way around.” ★★★★★ —Chanticleer Reviews
“A classic novel, obviously well-researched, thoughtful, compelling, and a rapid-fire story.”—Reader Views
“Well plotted and skillfully written, a novel that entertains readers and appeals strongly to their consciences and sense of humanity.”— ★★★★★ ReadersFavorite.com
“Overbeck’s pace is spot on and makes for a thoroughly engaging and quick read…a clear look at the way racism and bigotry continued to leak far beyond the bounds of the deep South even after desegregation began to make its way across the US.” ★★★★★ —Literary Titan
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BLURB—CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY
No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past.
Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. With his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. One resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help.
He can’t refuse.
Joining forces with Cassie, a street-wise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers her murder is connected to a far greater horror. But can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up being the killer’s next victims?
REVIEWS—CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY
“With both elements of mystery and suspense, readers across genres will find this second book about Darrell Henshaw intriguing…I highly recommend it.” ★★★★★—Literary Titan
“It’s a ghost/mystery story filled with suspense and action. The plot is so engrossing it had me hooked from the very first page.” ★★★★★—Nana’s Reviews, Greece
“An exciting paranormal mystery I couldn’t put down… A great read. Highly recommend!” ★★★★★—N.N. Light’s BookHeaven
“Rollicking good…Darrell is a wonderful protagonist, an ordinary man put into extraordinary situations and rising to the challenge..” ★★★★★ —Over My Dead Body magazine
“I loved everything about this book. As a ghost story combined with a mystery, a romance, a social injustice and stunning historical details, Crimson at Cape May has something for everyone.” ★★★★★—ReaderViews
“Masterly spooky adventure…an accomplished work of haunting mystery fiction that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on. Highly Recommend.” ★★★★★—ReadersFavorite.com
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